2014 candidate roundup: Former donor to challenge state senator in Bowling Green

11/25/2013 10:47 AM

The latest developing races in the 2014 legislative contests include some interesting match-ups in Bowling Green.

A Republican who has donated money to support Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, as recently as last month has filed to run against him in the Republican primary. And the chairwoman of the Bowling Green Southern Kentucky Tea Party filed her paperwork run for the seat held for 37 years by Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green.

State Senate

32nd — Republican Troy Brooks of Bowling Green announced Monday his intention to mount a primary challenge to Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green.

Brooks, who is a senior consultant at a human resources firm, told Pure Politics in a phone interview that the challenge to Wilson is “nothing personal” and that he is a “nice man.”

Brooks has even contributed to Wilson’s past campaigns including $100 on Oct. 17. Brooks has given Republicans candidates nearly $13,000 in contributions over the past 14 years, according to Kentucky Registry of Election Finance records.

“Kentucky has big problems,” Brooks said. “I will be a strong independent voice to solve those problems.”

House of Representatives

10th — Republican Brian Key of Hardinsburg has filed to join Republican Alan Claypool of McDaniels and Democrat Dean Schamore of Hardinsburg in the race for the open 10th District seat in Hancock and Breckinridge Counties.

The seat is open because of the retirement of Rep. Dwight Butler of Harned.

20th — Republican Jenean Hampton of Bowing Green has filed to challenge long-time representative and former House Speaker Jody Richards in the district that covers central Warren County. Hampton has been an outspoken supporter of tea party candidates, including U.S. Sen. Rand Paul during his 2010 campaign. And she introduced U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin at his candidacy announcement this summer.

Hampton chairs the Bowling Green Southern Kentucky Tea Party. If she wins the GOP nomination, she is likely to face Richards, who has held the seat since 1976.

24th — Richard Treitz, a Republican from Greensburg, filed to run in the district represented by Democratic Rep. Terry Mills from Lebanon.

Treitz also ran in the 2012 Republican primary — before the maps were redrawn — for the 53rd District House seat but lost that race with 699 votes of the 4,868 cast.

39th — Republican Jonah Mitchell has filed in the Jessamine County district opened by Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, who is not running again so he can run for judge-executive. Democrat Russ Meyer, who is the Mayor of Nicholasville, already had filed for the seat.

Mitchell first told Pure Politics of his intent to run in October.


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